By: Kayla Dow, Alex Parsons, Taylor Parsons and Eric Dow
The first time this group heard about the Kindness Rocks Project, Kayla and Alex were at a beach in Yarmouth Port, Cape Cod, and Kayla saw something out of the corner of her eye. It was a pile of decorated rocks painted with inspirational quotes on them, with a board stating "Take a rock for inspiration, make a rock for motivation. One rule: be kind." They researched the Kindness Rocks Project and were inspired to bring it home to North Andover!
In summer of 2016, they visited Demi at the Youth Center with a proposal. After getting Demi on board, they also spoke at a Board of Selectmen meeting, and their Kindness Rocks Project was approved for the flagpole between the YC and Drummond Park!
Since then, the Youth Center's leadership groups have been contributing rocks, along with adults and kids in town. NA's Superintendent Dr. Price even made the Kindness Rocks Project a Snow Day challenge in winter 2017. With the start of the Kindness Rocks site in North Andover, a couple others near and far have been created. One of the Youth Center's Step Up groups started a site for the residents of the Lazarus House family shelter, and in the fall of 2017 our Kindness Rocks NA crew sent a care package of Kindness Rocks supplies to the Immokalee Middle School after they were hit by Hurricane Irma.
We invite NA residents to check out the Youth Center flagpole. Take a rock that inspires you, and paint your own rock to inspire someone else!